Department of Numbers

Kentucky Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Kentucky rose 0.3 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Kentucky peaked in June 2009 at 10.9% and is now 5.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in October 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Kentucky unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Kentucky 5.3% +0.3 -0.2

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Kentucky, National

Kentucky monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Kentucky Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kentucky peaked in June 2009 at 223,955. There are now 119,657 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 93,988 in October 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 10,310. Kentucky job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Kentucky 104,298 +8,443 -3,365

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Kentucky from 1990 to December 2015

Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 5.3% 104,298
November 2015 5.0% 5.0% 95,855
October 2015 5.0% 4.9% 93,988
September 2015 5.1% 5.0% 97,060
August 2015 5.1% 5.2% 100,511
July 2015 5.3% 5.2% 102,736
June 2015 5.3% 5.1% 101,186
May 2015 5.5% 5.2% 102,780
April 2015 5.4% 5.1% 101,020
March 2015 5.5% 5.1% 102,184
February 2015 5.5% 5.3% 104,390